Pete Patel and Husein Khimani, co-owners of Braselton Crossing Hospitality, saw opportunity when they decided to break ground in Braselton two years ago for the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
The two held the hotel’s grand opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 11.
“We’re a small company and we focus on quality and not quantity,” Patel said. “With Amazon and all these major Fortune 500 companies down the road, we figured there was a need for a hospitality establishment like Holiday Inn Express.”
The two invested $12.5 million into the project, constructing the look of the building to reflect the hotel company’s newest prototype. Patel said the main differences with the design include an expanded fitness room and breakfast area, and a 120-person capacity meeting room.
Since the hotel is located close to the interstate, the walls are double insulated to prevent outside noise from seeping through.
“We’ve taken the details upon ourselves, knowing that our customers are satisfied staying right on the pinnacle of (Interstate) 85,” Patel said. “We’re the newest and finest, and we’re going to excel in hospitality.”
The hotel currently holds a staff of 16 people and contains up to 83 rooms. The 52,250-square-foot building sits on over 2 acres. Patel and Khimani said they purchased a total of 8.5 acres of land before constructing the hotel, and plan to use the remaining acreage for additional restaurants, retail businesses and office spaces.
During the grand opening event on Tuesday, business owners, town council members and other residents gathered to show their support of the hotel.
“This is a great opportunity for the town of Braselton because the hotel hospitality tax goes directly to the town,” Tony Funari, Braselton Town Council member said.
Hardy Johnson, who also serves as a council member, said the hotel indicates Braselton’s economic progress.
“It’s growing in a reasonable and responsible way,” Johnson said. “We’re putting up some quality establishments up here and people are excited about it.”
People can find Braselton’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2958 Braselton Crossing Lane. It is open 24/7. For more information about the hotel visit ihg.com/holidayinnexpress or call 770-791-0007.